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Being fan-financed, Chesapeake lets Yamagata focus on the intricate pleasures of writing and performing songs that defy easy genre categorization. Elements of pop, jazz, and ‘70s piano ballads coalesce around a voice that would’ve been a soul star in the 1960s, a lite-FM presence in the early 1970s, or a disco leader by the end of that decade. Emerging in the 21st century, Yamagata has been left to flirt with alternative media outlets and styles that float and merge with little effort. She’s a singer/songwriter who can write sass (“Starlight”) and sincere (“You Won’t Let Me”) with the same convincing pitch. “Starlight” is the grand production number here, but tracks such as “Even If I Don’t” (with four minutes of excited tension) and “Stick Around” (with stalking bass and jazz gait) use arrangements that best express the tunes. “I Don’t Want to Be Your Mother” is an intimate highlight. “Dealbreaker” is a true showcase for her emotive range. Recorded with a small cast of talented friends, Chesapeake gives Yamagata’s fans their money’s worth.

Customer Reviews

Independent Artists Unite

This project was financed in part by Rachael's fans on Pledge Music!! How cool is that?? The music business model is expanding and allowing artists like Rachael artust freedom! This is an absolutely incredible project. Support a true independent artist.

Brava Rachael!!!

I love the undertone of this album. The feeling holding the hand of the music in Chesapeake is the same as her first album Happenstance... which was a dear friend of mine. Buuuuuy it!!!!! We <3 you Rachael!

Incredible as always

It's a real joy to watch such a talented and inspired artist evolve through the years. Simply beautiful.


Born: September 23, 1977 in Arlington, VA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata grew up listening to Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and the like, for music was the one thing in Yamagata's life that remained consistent. Her parents divorced when she was two, forcing her to find a balance between her German-Italian mother's apartment in New York City and the Washington, D.C. residence of her third-generation Japanese father. Such frequent travel readied Yamagata for a way of life that would eventually lead her to a professional singing...
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